Louis J. Calabrese was born in Western Massachusetts in 1940 where much of this novel unfolds. The author also resided in Las Vegas, Nevada where much of the novel was written. He presently resides in his old hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts with his wife and four children.
Mr. Calabrese spent twenty years of his life owning and operating bookstores from 1960 through 1980, the heyday of the independent bookstore. Through his time spent managing bookstores he developed a wonderful knowledge of the type of book the masses enjoyed reading. This was a historical period in the business when general bookstore owners were marched to the local courthouse quite regularly for selling items like Playboy and Penthouse Magazine, 'The Carpetbaggers' by Harold Robbins, and many other books with a few too many four letter words.
In the author's travels though the years 1959 through 1963 the novel is crafted on a dead serious subject with many injections of street humor in his successful attempt to convert the novel to light reading.
The author is a former owner-operator of bookstores, motels, a sports car dealership, and a liquor store.
This is the author's first novel, which was influenced by his association with gangsters, politicians, law enforcement officials, and the new emerging legal Mafia.